St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 26th February 2012
Under Starter’s Orders
Well, after some time milling around and waiting for something to happen, we appear to be under starter’s orders regarding the interregnum and the future direction for ministry in this part of East London. The parish review is firmly out (and I hope we have all had a chance to look at it) and the Bishop’s meeting will be this Wednesday at 7.30 in St. Bart’s on the memorable date of Feb 29th. A rare event indeed.
This should be a key meeting. It is our opportunity to hear the Bishop, the Area Dean and the Archdeacon explain their vision, the thinking behind it and how the process might go forward and be realised. Signs from the other churches for closer co-operation appear positive and we expect them to be well-represented on Wednesday.
Of course we all have questions and concerns – one which was highlighted at the Bart’s DCC was whether the pastoral care at St. Barts and in the parish might not suffer because of the new Team Rector’s wider responsibilities. This has been raised before and Dave Wade (Area Dean) is aware of this concern and has pointed out that Jane also had many “other” responsibilities in the wider community.
It is questions such as these that we need to raise and Wednesday is perhaps out best opportunity for doing so. If all goes well then we should be able to get down to the nitty-gritty of completing the parish profile, drafting an advertisement and going out and recruiting our new minister!
See you on Wednesday…….